For the exciting conclusion of our 3-part saga… learn how much tea leaf to use! Now you know that the time of the steep and the temperature of the hot water are essential for great-tasting tea. Lastly, the proper tea : water ratio is the final step to ensure that your cup of tea tastes perfect, every time.
Tea Tip #3: How Much Tea?
It makes sense that the more tea you use, the stronger your tea is! You’ll have a more intense taste, more caffeine, and more antioxidants if you heap spoonfuls of tea leaves into your infuser. Then again, if you overdo it, you’ll overwhelm your tastebuds!
We make it easy to know how much tea to add! Each package of CommuniTea Center tea also contains a suggested measurement of tea (for example, one teaspoon, heaping teaspoon, or tablespoon) per 8 ounces of hot water.
If you are making more than one 8-ounce portion (because, seriously, who can only drink 8 oz and then stop?), then scale up with the leaves accordingly:
- 12 ounces water = 1½ servings tea
- 16 ounces water = 2 servings tea
- 32 ounces water = 4 servings tea
- 64 ounces water = 8 servings tea
Or, you can always follow the traditional English rule of thumb for tea time. If you are making a large teapot of black tea, then the ratio is:
One teaspoon of tea per person, and then one extra for the teapot!
Again, feel free to experiment with more or less leaf if you like stronger or weaker tea. How much tea you prefer is matter of personal taste! But don’t forget… be sure to remove the tea leaves once they’re done steeping so you don’t wind up with bitter, overly tannic tea.